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Turn your favorite comics into coasters!  I wanted to add something up-beat that would get people to smile to my living room without going overboard and coming off as tacky or cheesy, so I came up with this.  This project looks great and is super easy and low-cost, so there is no reason not to try it out!
 
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Step 1: Getting supplies

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To start, you just need to choose the comic(s) you want to use.  You can get them from a comic book, newspaper, or print them from the internet.  I chose to print mine from the internet.

Also, you need to get 1 ceramic tile for each coaster you want to make.  I used 4.25" tiles I got for 16 cents each at my local hardware store.

Step 2: Cutting

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Next, trim the comic(s) so they fit on the ceramic tile(s) you have ready.  Since my tile was 4.25" wide, I cut my comic to be 4" wide.

Step 3: Mod Podge

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Next, use a foam brush to brush a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tile.  I used glossy because I wanted mine to have a shiny finish.

While the Mod Podge is still wet, place your comic where you want it to be and let dry.  Make sure to rub over the top of your whole comic to get any bubbles or creases out.

Step 4: Finishing layer

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Once your Mod Podge is dry and your comic is secure, paint over the top of your whole tile (and comic) with another layer of Mod Podge.  The Mod Podge may make it look creamy for a minute, but it will dry clear.  Make sure your brush strokes go the same direction so it looks better when it dries.

Step 5: Back

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Once the Mod Podge is completely dry, turn the tile over and stick on felt pads (which can also be purchased at the hardware store) on each corner.  This will protect your table from the ceramic of the tile when you use your coaster.  Cork pads would work as well.

Step 6: Finished product

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That's it!  Super easy, and at 16 cents a coaster you can't beat the price.
For better water-proofing, I'd use Mod Podge Outdoor. It is made to hold up in humid conditions.
paigeel2 years ago
looks great :) i was wondering where you found your comics at online?
Looks really good! I'm wondering if I might make one using clear nail polish as the sealer. I have found modge podge too fragile to last for more than a short time. Seems you must have bought the "magic bottles" ;0) Thanks for posting
Jesswilde (author)  porcupinemamma3 years ago
Mine are only used lightly in a very dry climate - maybe that's why they are holding up for me.

If you want something proven to be durable I might try spraying it with polyurethane spray.
Love the entire concept.
vishalapr3 years ago
These are amazing, rated 5*!Well done!!!
Sage72123 years ago
This is such a fun idea. I love it. I have one question, I live in a humid area. Any idea how Mod Podge would hold up against sweat from the glasses? Thanks for the craft idea.
Jesswilde (author)  Sage72123 years ago
The MOd Podge makes it waterproof but I don't live in a humid area so if the comics are of great value I may test it first. Mine hold up great even when a little wet.
I didn't realize Mod Podge would make it waterproof. I will definitely use copies and not originals though, just in case. Thanks for the reply.
i know a few XKCD comics that would be perfect for this. and by a few, i mean ALL
splazem3 years ago
Very cool!
twturley473 years ago
Outstanding idea! First rate instructable.
very cool idea!
ChrysN3 years ago
Great idea!
mary candy3 years ago
wauu how cool !
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